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Thales is awarded the execution of the works for the construction project to remove the telephone blockage in the section Torralba-Soria

  • Thales will renovate the signalling and telecommunications systems on the 93 km, single-track, Iberian gauge, non-electrified Torralba-Soria section to provide them with the improved reliability required for operation.
  • With a budget of more than 8 million euros (VAT not included), the renovation of these systems on the Torralba-Soria section will enable operation with Automatic Bloc Signalling (ABS) and the use of the ASFA (Anuncio de Señales y Frenado Automático) Digital system as a train protection system. The new Thales system will also allow to the operator to include more traffic on the tracks.

Following the award of the contract by Adif, Thales will begin work on the signalling and telecommunications installations on the Torralba-Soria section. The purpose of the project is to renovate these installations and provide them with the greater safety and reliability necessary for their operation.

The current electrical and mechanical interlockings at Soria and Almazán stations will be replaced with new L905E type electronic interlockings using Thales technology. In addition, all the equipment (signals, point machines and train detection systems) and field wiring will be renewed at these stations. New LED type signals will be installed at all locations with their respective ASFA Digital beacons. The AzLM Axle counters equipment will be installed as the new train detection system. All existing old and obsolete signalling equipment installed on the track will be dismantled. In addition, the new interlockings will have to be integrated into the Madrid-Chamartín CTC for remote control and remote monitoring.

The execution of the project's works will include the provision of facilities that will allow it to be operated under the single-track Automatic Block Signalling system (ABS) and the use of the ASFA Digital system, thus automating the operation of the section, which is currently carried out manually by means of the so-called telephone blocking system, and thus increasing the reliability of traffic.